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A leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is making no commitment it will surrender its members involved in the Mamasapano encounter where 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) commandos were slaughtered.
The House of Representatives will suspend all hearings on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) unless authorities provide lawmakers with a complete report on what happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 25, specifically the deaths of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.
The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Sunday denied it was coddling terrorist Basit Usman, whose turnover to the government by Moro rebels President Aquino has demanded, following the deaths of 44 elite police commandos in a clash in Maguindanao province more than a week ago.
Sen. Grace Poe on Sunday said Director General Alan Purisima, the suspended chief of the Philippine National Police, must explain his role in “Oplan Wolverine,” the covert operation to take down two international terrorists that cost the lives of 44 police commandos more than a week ago.
The Philippine Army was allegedly kept in the dark by the tactical commander of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) in the botched operation on Jan. 25 to arrest two top international terrorists, resulting in the massacre of 44 US-trained police commandos, the Inquirer has learned.
We can think of many reasons why the country’s top policeman, now serving a six-month preventive suspension order for alleged involvement in an anomalous contract, should break his silence on Oplan Wolverine.
Mamasapano is personal to me. Some years ago, I happened to visit that place. It was so typical of the vast plains that Cotabato was before it was gerrymandered into five provinces. That act of gerrymandering was in fact typical as well of how Manila has shaped this part of Mindanao since the colonial era.
Isn’t it sad that the very successful visit of Pope Francis was followed, in the same month, by the massacre of 44 policemen of the Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao? Maguindanao is now famous for two massacres: first, the killing of 58 persons, including media men; and now the Mamasapano incident.
“What price peace?” blared the Inquirer editorial two days ago. I also ask: How much do we love peace with the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front)? Do we want peace in spite of the recent killing (some say, massacre) of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) officers while performing their duty?
That there are children in our midst forced to work in the most deplorable circumstances is a continuing problem, trumping the Philippines’ vaunted economic growth.
AS LOW fuel prices keep inflation subdued, monetary authorities may start considering easing policy settings to give the economy as much room as it needs to grow. US financial giant JP Morgan last week said a hike in interest rates this year was by no means assured. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), JP Morgan […]
FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines may formally consider investors this year once it finalizes a “long-term plan” involving new routes, the possible acquisition of next-generation planes like Airbus’ A350, and new partnerships with carriers in North America and Europe. PAL president Jaime Bautista said during an Inquirer roundtable discussion last week that the timing would be […]
TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) is gearing up to sustain its strong performance over the next five years, as it targets to almost double its vehicle sales to about 200,000 units by 2020 and retain its market leadership in the local automotive sector. For 2015, however, TMP has opted to be more conservative in its performance, […]
THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is seeking consultants to develop transportation and urban growth roadmaps for various areas in Visayas and Mindanao. The DOTC made the request for expressions of interest in various published media on Friday. The largest of these was a P37.2-million contract to develop “transport model and urban development” strategies […]
Key policy measures undertaken in the last year led to a significant improvement in Philippine society’s ability to allow its citizens to climb up the socioeconomic ladder on their own merits, a new international report showed. Heritage Foundation, an American think tank, reported that the Philippines’ “economic freedom” improved in 2015. Of 178 countries, the […]
Playing with steely resolve on both ends, Barako Bull kept Barangay Ginebra winless in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after grinding out a 69-68 victory last night for a piece of the elimination-round lead at Alonte Sports Arena here.
Inspired after earlier toppling the higher seeds, Cebuana Lhuillier and Bread Story-Lyceum try to become the unlikely semifinalists in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup today.
Loyola Meralco showed it is more than just Phil Younghusband.
Less than a week after all pretournament hype on them were extinguished, Barangay Ginebra gets a chance at redemption when the Gin Kings slug it out with the Barako Bull Energy in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations at Alonte Sports Center here.
FOR PROMOTER Bob Arum, the major obstacles have been tackled to clear the way for the dream bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Maria Clara will approve. Today, February 2, at 6 p.m., LOOK Magazine and Inquirer Lifestyle will kick off the exhibit of the winners of the Look of Style Awards with a mini fashion show at SM Aura Atrium. The event will highlight the Filipino-themed creations of hot young designers. From payneta and abaniko-inspired shoes to clutch bags […]
Batangas Governor and multiawarded actress Vilma Santos will lead this year’s Ani ng Dangal awardees of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
One drizzly, humid night in Singapore, actress and product-endorser Heart Evangelista, aka Love Marie Ongpauco, again made her contemporaries eat dust back home.
Executives of City of Dreams Manila (COD) were understandably mum and cryptic when journalists pressed for info on whether Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will grace the grand opening of the casino resort complex on Feb. 2.
Most of the concerts held in the country that feature major international artists don’t really make money for the producers—especially if the artists’ talent fees are exorbitant.
“I know she can handle being a mom because she loves kids,” said actor Rayver Cruz of ex-girlfriend Cristine Reyes, who is four months pregnant. She has always wanted a baby, he said.
Young actress Empress Schuck, whose career was pushed to the back burner in her last year and a half with ABS-CBN, admitted that the idea of quitting show biz had at one point crossed her mind.
MANILA, Philippines — Canadian crooner Michael Bublé was in this city for the third time to once again perform before his adoring Filipino fans, who according to him were the reason why he made it big in the music industry. The four-time Grammy winner said the Philippines was the place where he first had […]
To mark up Diliman Month and National Arts Month, the University of the Philippines Film Institute screens three Vilma Santos starrers on Feb. 5—Rory Quintos’ “Anak” (2:30 p.m.), Laurice Guillen’s “Kapag Langit ang Humatol” (5 p.m.) and Chito Roño’s “Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa” (7:30 p.m.). All three were restored by ABS-CBN Film Archives, with the help of Central Digital Lab.
Every year, Inquirer Entertainment helps readers pick a show for that special day, by asking the concert artists to talk about their gigs …and romance. ‘Our Love Songs (OPM Greatest Hits: Live)’ Joey Albert and The Company; Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Music Museum; call 8919999, 7210635 or 7216726 ‘Only You’ Christian Bautista, Matt […]